"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.” Acts 17:16:26
And rather than running away from the danger these early Christians stayed where they were. They stayed put in the face of the danger God had just freed them from. Letting God's love shine through their actions to their jailer and he lived physically and was born a new spiritually.
How often have we prayed to be rescued at the expense of others? How often do we walk away taking our experience of God’s love with us and leave others to struggle and to not know the love of God that shines through when Christian remain to struggle with others.
Jesus prayed such a prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane when he prayed not to have to suffer on the cross and he submitted to God's will and thus we live. We know God's love for us through Christ's acceptance to his Father's will.
Lectionary readings Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revaluation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26